Ideas and Politics

Stevenson, Adlai E.
November 1954
New Republic;11/22/54, Vol. 131 Issue 21, p5
This article presents the author's opinion on new ideas of politics. The world is constantly changing--at least, it has always changed in the past, and there seems no reason to believe that we have achieved a changeless Nirvana today. As the world changes, nations must adjust themselves to new conditions; otherwise, they will disappear, like the dinosaur. And the means by which this adjustment is made are ideas--which means especially new ideas. if we are to hold our own in our mortal contest with the totalitarian society of the Soviet Union we must work overtime to make our land once again attractive to new ideas; so that all our intellectuals--from our weapons scientists to our economists and philosophers-- will have the heart to make their best contribution to an America capable of responding to all challenges.


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